• Sciatica Pain

    About 3 months ago my wife awoke to a great deal of pain due to sciatica. She just had a 2nd spinal shot which did not do much. We are beginning to explore both laser surgery, stem cell replacement and other means - don't want to do fusion. We live in southeast Tennessee (near Georgia border). Do you have any insights and recommendations?

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: Sciatica Pain

    Stem cell therapy is still an unproven method and it is very much hyped and cannot correct herniated discs.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Sciatica Pain

    Absolutely do not opt for stem cell therapy. There are many claims about stem cell therapy which are fraudulent. If you do not want a fusion then you should look into laser surgery.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Sciatica Pain

    Sciatica ?. There is treatment in Ayurveda .In Kerala state, South India
    you can find many Ayurveda hospitals doing very effective treatment for sciatica. Google search... Ayurveda Treatment. If u need any assistance to findout more information , pls contact- karthikaresort@gmail.com
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Sciatica Pain

    I was bent in half from sciatica. Got no relief from conventional medicine. Got complete relief from chiropractor.
  • 1 month ago

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    I tried Reflexology and it worked very well. It took about four sessions and the pain went away for good.
      • 1 month ago
        Thanks for the message. It is great! Pls. check these sites. Dr sheel his system is also very effective. He used to visit India & I met him.
        www.drsheeltangri.com
        www.kinesiologist.eu
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Sciatica Pain

    Sciatica usually resolves by itself over time, unless there is another condition causing the flare up and it's not sciatica at all.
    Has she had any MRI and CT scans done? Surgery is typically a last resort, and seldom results in less pain.
    Sciatica is caused by an inflamed sciatic nerve, and it can take weeks to settle, and oral steroids and or steroid injections to reduce the inflammation are usually coupled with physical therapy, specific stretching exercises, rest, topical pain relieving ointments and creams. Sometimes medications used to treat nerve pain and anti inflammatory meds can help too.
    I would avoid stem cell injections, they are UNPROVEN and most insurances will not cover the cost.
    Laser surgery doesn't FIX the issue, rather burns the area and can cause further problems down the road, if traditional surgery becomes necessary.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Sciatica Pain

    Hot and cold packs
    Lie on floor and place lower legs on chair bending at the knee
    CBD oil helps
  • 1 month ago

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    Trying acupuncture working for me short-term relief
  • 1 month ago

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    I developed sciatica after foot surgery for neuroma and hammer toe, probably from shifting my weight for so many weeks during healing. I have managed to control my sciatica with twice a month deep tissue massage and in between if I feel a flare, I sit in a straight chair, put my ankle on the opposite knee and lean into it deeply, feeling the stretch in my buttocks that helps release that pain. Be sure to do it on both sides to relieve any tension or pressure on the sciatic nerve. Also leg lifts in bed each morning, frog-leg sitting on the floor can also help.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Sciatica Pain

    Sciatica pain is most commonly caused by spinal stenosis in the lumbar region. There are exercises that can ease the pain, particularly when you wake up in the morning. Ibuprofen helps, but needs high dosages so continued usage can cause stomach problems. See an orthopedist, particularly for reference to a physical therapist. I have had this for over 20 years and both my daughters have suffered from it. Injections don't last and stop working. Surgery might work if the spinal stenosis is very mild. I'd stay away from stem cell therapy. Temporary relief can be had by sitting on the edge of a chair and doing pelvic thrusts about 10 times.
  • 28 days ago

    RE: Sciatica Pain

    Your report does not give enough information to render an opinion. Where is the pain. Where is it the worst. What causes it to hurt, which activity is the worst. What activity/position can make it better? Does it hurt more in the back or the leg(s). Does the leg pain hurt worse when you first get up or after a while. Is it worse while sitting or standing? Worse immediately on standing or after a while. Did you have an mRI? What did it show? You know that MRI’s tell you why you hurt less than 25% of the time?

    The treatment has very little chance of being effective if it is not for the right reason. For instance, if the pain is from symptomatic facet joints, it may help a little or make it worse. If they fuse some vertebrae and the pain is from the sacroiliac joint complexes, it will probably get worse and worse.

    Your best bet is to see a “real” pain management physician and yes, the good ones are hard to find. The probability of an epidural being of any benifit if it is not an irritated nerve root, is minimal. If it is an irritated nerve root, it works best in the first 3 months. So why is it hurting? the concept of pain in my leg is due to a pinched nerve is not dependable and needs to be evaluated by someone who can adress the pain. Many times pain that even feels like “nerve pain” comes from other actors and even referred pain from posterior spinal elements. The secret is to find the reason for the pain and that will lead you to the correct treatment.

    Khatali David
      • 22 days ago
        You ask more questions than my posting needs. You'll notice I recommend seeing an orthopedist. By the way, what if, like me, you can't have an MRI because you have a pacemaker? CAT scans work pretty well. An orthopedist should be able to determine the causes of the pain the patient reports, both intensity and location.
      • 14 days ago
        Most imaging has less than 25% chance of telling you why you have lower back pain. Check studies as far back as the 90’s. Imaging is great for making sure you don’t have a tumor, infection or a fracture. Quite a bit of pain into the legs from the back is not a nerve being irritated. If it is an irritated nerve there are many treatments, but the ones that work are the ones associated with the specific problem. Orthopedic surgeons who specialize in spinal procedures may be appropriate but not always. Most of the patients who venture into a surgeons office don’t find success.